Past Tense by Lee Child; 2018; $28.99; 382 pages; Delacorte Press, New York, NY; 978-0-399-59351-2; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Kenton; 11/30/18-12/3/18
Why did I read this? I am a big fan of Lee Child and his creation, Jack Reacher and try to read them all.
Reacher is trying to get warm and heads for San Diego from New England. He is distracted by a road sign that is for the town his father grew up in. As usual there is trouble wherever Reacher travels. The town where Reachers father grew up is gone, now private property and returned to nature. There are trees growing through the buildings. Meanwhile what is left of Reachers family in the area, has started a hunting refuge for the wealthy. Have to keep it quiet though, they are hunting the poor. People are lured in and then hunted, but Reacher is there to help them. As if that is not enough Reacher has pissed off a mob boss from Boston and he is sending people to take out Reacher. Oh and it appears that Reachers father, whom he thought was dead, may have returned to life. Wow and somehow it all works together, remember Reacher does not look like that little actor that portrayed him and is much tougher than Ethan Hunt.
What is with the title of the review? Gertrude Stein once said of her hometown, “there is no there there”, because the town no longer existed. As Reacher looks for the town his father grew up in, it is no longer there, nature has taken it back.